BREAKING SURFACE Returns To NYC
5th Wall Studio today announced the complete cast for its winter season offering of Breaking Surface by co-creators and directors Gwyneth Larsen and William Mulholland. The production runs on Fridays through Sundays only from January 11th - 27th, 2019 at a secret location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Meet up location will be revealed after ticket purchase via BreakingSurface.Eventbrite.com.
Breaking Surface will feature Fabio Angelo* (Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story at the Guthrie, Circus Orlando Orfei), Michele Jongeneel (Fuerza Bruta, Fuerza Bruta Wayra), Angelica Kushi (Fuerza Bruta, Fuerza Bruta Wayra), Brad Landers (CATS National Tour, Jesus Christ Superstar), Rebecca Magazine (Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Metropolitan Opera, NBC's I Can Do That), Marissa Maislen (Sleep No More), Benjamin E. Oyzon (ABCirque, AiRealistic, Grounded Aerial), and Adam Ali-Perez (West Side Story at the Guthrie).
Breaking Surface tells the story of the search for inspiration, through a man's curious relationship to an unseen Muse. He follows her into the pages of his notebook and on a watery adventure, coming face to face with his own limitations. Told through dance, acrobatics and airy imagery the audience is led into a world where gravity is overthrown and sketches jump from the page.
With the theme of paper and water our hero sinks deeper and deeper into an unexpected yet familiar world. He dances with a weighted chair and the pages of his book flicker and drift away, to be reborn as a fleet of miniature paper boats. This flotilla consolidates into a single vessel that sales on to adventure bringing him back to where he began, but changed. Throughout, the exploration of movement is deeply linked with the idea that man's imagination cannot be physically explained on the ground. It peeks into a playful world of childhood fantasy, where human bodies defy gravitational laws. Water sounds accent the instrumental music by Trevor Exter, John Morgan Kimock and John E Oyzon. Originally presented by AiRealistic at the Theater for the New City in March 2013 in New York City, this production is produced by 5th Wall Studio.
Gwyneth Larsen is the co-creator & director of Breaking Surface and co-founder of 5th Wall Studio. She is a director, choreographer, performer and passionate collaborator. She began her career with the internationally acclaimed folk music & dance company The Vanaver Caravan & went on to work with De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta, Cirque du Soleil Special Events, Bregenz Opera, The Metropolitan Opera and in the stunt industry for numerous productions including: Law and Order SVU, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Americans, and as Madonna and Megan Fox's stunt doubles among others. She was also a founding member of AiRealistic. She has created work for numerous clients including: Bregenz Opera, Nestle, Red Bull and Target. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in Greek mythology, modern dance and photography. Her parents, mythologists Drs Stephen & Robin Larsen nurtured in her a profound love of story and myth and a deep respect for nature. In Breaking Surface, she is thrilled to be integrating these foundational beliefs with her physical passions and the mysticism of her youth.
William Mulholland is the co-creator & director of Breaking Surface, co-founder of 5th Wall Studio, Bridge Acrobatics, & co-founder of AiRealistic. He has performed at The Metropolitan Opera in multiple productions. Other credits include: De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta, Cirque du Soleil, Pilobolus & the Hollywood Stunt industry. He trained as a gymnast at the Olympic Training Center & became a member of the US National Team, an All- American & team captain at the University of Nebraska, where he studied advertising, marketing & dabbled in theater & dance. He has had the honor of working with an astounding variety of high-level gymnasts, circus performers & dancers. In helping these artists meld & expand their skill sets he has formed Bridge acrobatics; a place to meld disparate physical techniques & give meaning to the 'tricks' done in contemporary movement. Over the years Bill has cultivated storytelling through physical expression in many arenas, culminating with Breaking Surface. This show combines theater/dance-acrobatics & flying to create a new voice; one that blends childhood dreams of superpowers with the ability to define ones own reality through deep imagining, to life.
Breaking Surface is a fully collaborative creation. All members of the cast, crew and production team have contributed to all aspects of the production. The creators are eternally grateful to have the honor of working with such generous and talented individuals. Original costumes and paper props by Martina Feichtinger, Female costumes by Sam Brooks, Production Stage Manager and additional props by Rachel Radenberg and cast. Technical consultant and book prop by David Pakenham. Additional technical consulting by Merlin Larsen. Set design by William Mulholland and Gwyneth Larsen. Original lighting design by Ali Lucas, current design by Elijah Schreiner. Music by Trevor Exter, John Morgan Kimock (both forming the band XVSK) and John Oyzon. Sound Design by John Morgan Kimock. Producers are Jo Macaldo, Cody Schreger, and Rebecca Magazine. Assistant Director Nicki Miller. Production consultant Joyce Lee. Assistant Janae Bonnen. Special thanks to The Windmill Factory, Brook Notary (original Book Ground choreography), Brooke Miyasaki, Aidan O'Shea, Will O'Hare, and Alisha Richards.
* Member, Actors' Equity Association
5th Wall Studio is born out of a love of flying, a passion for community and the foundational belief that theater is an essential part of life. Our primary focus is to develop and present creative work, create and curate intimate performance experiences, and teach Flying Dance Theater.
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